Posts Tagged ‘wheelchair’

London Public Transport Commutes longer for wheelchair users

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 by morethan

Recent interesting article published in THIIS highlighting that London public transport commutes are 49% longer for wheelchair users.  Let us know if you have had similar issues or alternatively if you would like to buy a new transit or self propelled wheelchair do let us know:

A new travel experiment has highlighted how difficult using London’s public transport system is for people with mobility needs, suggesting wheelchair users’ commutes in England’s capital take 49 percent longer than that of an able-bodied person.

The ‘Going the Extra Mile’ experiment pitted five wheelchair users against five able-bodied commuters, tasked with travel five popular commuter journeys in London, with the commuters starting their journey from the same point at the same time and finishing at the same destination.

Carried out by law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp, the experiment aimed to raise awareness of accessibility issues on public transport by pointing out the difficulties facing wheelchair users in Europe’s busiest commuter city, with up to five million passengers travelling London’s eleven Underground lines every day.

The results from the study revealed that out of London’s 270 stations, only 77 were fully accessible- less than 30 percent – for wheelchair users, with London’s transport options, often limited for people with disabilities, leading to substantially longer travel times for wheelchair users.

The five commuter journeys carried out during the course of this experiment took wheelchair users a combined total of three hours and five minutes to complete – 49 percent longer than their able-bodied counterparts.

In particular, the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ experiment exposed the significant difference in time for popular routes in London because of lack of access to London’s transport network, with the wheelchair users’ often required to take bus routes instead of the Underground.

A nine-minute commute from Liverpool Street to Kings Cross took a wheelchair users 32 minutes because the only option was to take a single bus route between the two central stations due to a lack of accessibility in the Underground.

In addition, Wembley Park to Westminster, another popular commute route, took 83 percent longer than what the ‘step-free access’ option on the TFL journey planner estimated for wheelchair users.

Following the experiment, the wheelchair users noted that official apps or planners cater to their individual needs, flagging the difficulty of planning their public transport journey as a recurrent problem.

For the participants, cross-checking several different apps seems to be the norm, although they noted that these unreliable or inaccurate and, ultimately, they rely on their own experience.

According to participants, the apps also do not distinguish between different accessibility needs and mobility devices, leading to route suggestions that can be accessible to some but not to others.

For the Westminster bound journey, the TFL journey planner suggested a change at Finchley Road to use the Jubilee line, in a similar manner to the able-bodied passenger. In reality, staff at the starting point of the journey advised this was not possible, as the gap there would be far too large for an electric wheelchair.

It transpired that the route recommended by the journey planner would have only worked for a manual wheelchair user, potentially leaving any electronic wheelchair users stranded had they taken the recommended route.

Jennifer, who tested the Wembley Park to Westminster route, said she avoids public transport altogether in her daily life: “Today was the first time I’d used public transport since [getting injured]. I probably won’t use it again.”

As well as a lack of access to London’s Underground stations and lack of available route planning information for disabled travellers, the study also emphasised the lack of staff training to respond to passengers with disabilities.

According to one participant, they were left waiting on a bus arriving at King’s Cross station, as the driver closed the doors before she could exit using the ramp. She disclosed some bus drivers have difficulty activating the ramp, stating that sometimes the driver has even asked her for guidance on how to activate it.

On Jennifer’s Westminster bound journey, she arrived at a station with no staff present to assist with setting up a ramp to help disembark despite assurance from the information point that this had been arranged for her. This resulted in Jennifer relying on help from a stranger to exit and navigate the station.

The law firm says the study brings to attention that London and other cities’ public transportation is not meeting the needs of disabled people and that there is much more that can be done to make public transport more accessible.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility

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Wheelchair Tennis This Summer

Monday, July 10th, 2017 by morethan

Wimbledon Tennis Championships have begun and all eyes are yet again on Andy Murray and Jo Konta!    However we should not forget the growing popularity of wheelchair tennis and the ROMA SPORT National Wheelchair Tennis Series which caters for players of all abilities and is the entry-level tier of tournaments for wheelchair players in Great Britain.

All events are run by experienced, local organisers with the support of the Tennis Foundation. These tournaments are a great way to meet other wheelchair players in your region and give you the chance to test your game at a competitive level.

For new players, every tournament will have a novice division that is only for players who haven’t competed before, and will be a fun, supportive way to try out playing competitively for the first time.

The players with a bit more experience can enter the main draw and are able to gain points at each tournament according to their finishing position. At the end of year awards will be given to the top ranked male and female players in both singles and doubles.

Please click here for more information and the calendar of 2017 Roma Sport National Wheelchair Tennis Series tournaments.

Also if you are need of a new transit or self-propelled wheelchair please take a look at our More Than Mobility website as we have great offers on standard, lightweight and comfortable transit push wheelchair and self-propelling wheelchairs so do take a look at our range onlinePrices start from as little as £99!

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Hiring a Mobility Scooter or Wheelchair while in Northamptonshire!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 by morethan

Do you enjoy shopping at the Weston Favell Shopping Centre in Northamptonshire in between Northampton, Wellingborough and Kettering? Looking for ideas for how to take the load off while shopping?

Then why not hire a mobility scooter or wheelchair from our More Than Mobility Northampton store for a couple of hours while you are out and about! That way you can carry more shopping and stay out for longer periods of time!

The hire scheme is open to anyone, young or old’ whether your disability is temporary or permanent and anyone who needs help with mobility.   Visitors will not need to be registered disabled to hire a product but must be capable or operating it which is at the discretion of our trained and experienced staff.

Pricing:  £3 for either a mobility scooter or wheelchair per day.

If you would like to hire a wheelchair or mobility scooter we highly recommend you reserve it in advance by calling 01604 407702 or by visiting our store at 25 Weston Favell Shopping Centre, Northampton NN3 8JZ.  We are located on the ground floor opposite the toilets.

Alternatively if you are looking to buy a new mobility scooter or wheelchair then do have a look at our wide range either online or visit our Northampton Store for a test drive.

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

Wheelchair Users Overcharged By Some Taxis

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 by morethan

Here at More Than Mobility we are surprised to hear that a BBC investigation has found some taxi drivers in Stoke-on-Trent have been charging wheelchair users more than able-bodied passengers! The city council has said no extra charge is permitted for wheelchair accessibility. However the BBC conducted undercover filming, which revealed a woman was told by one cab driver she had to pay more than “normal” people because her wheelchair “was heavy”. On average, the cost was around two-thirds more for wheelchair users.

A team from Inside Out West Midlands took black-cab journeys across Stoke-on-Trent city centre with Baljeevan Deol, a 22-year-old student, who has generalised dystonia. Her condition means that she cannot control her muscles. She secretly filmed drivers after suspecting she was regularly charged more than her able-bodied friends. Ms Deol and Inside Out programme production staff made 12 identical trips. Programme producer Qasa Alom said: “Obviously we are not saying every taxi in Stoke will overcharge, but our investigation found of the 12 journeys we took, Bal was charged more every single time.”

Ms Deol said: “I feel sad and angry. I’m so annoyed this happens and how much money over the last few years I’ve spent extra that I shouldn’t have. “They can’t get away with this. I feel like I’m being discriminated against and it’s just not fair.”  Abdul Rauf from the Hackney Carriage Association said drivers who overcharged “damage the trade” Abdul Rauf, from the Hackney Carriage Association in Stoke, said drivers breaking the rules should be “brought to book”.

Here at More Than Mobility we find it saddening that this is happening and do not condone disabled persons being charged a higher taxi fare than able bodied people.

Here at More Than Mobility we do not want any disability to stop you from living independently or to disrupt your lifestyle. Wheelchairs restore a sense of freedom for those who have trouble getting around like they used to, and help to restore a sense of independence. If you are looking to purchase a quality, affordable wheelchair either transit or self propelled manual wheelchairs or alternatively an electric wheelchair for you or a loved one, then More Than Mobility can help.  Prices start from as little as £99!

Kind regards

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com